Real Wedding: Reena Acharya & Manish Mishra

Draw inspiration from their stylish celebration.

September 9, 2017
Westin Copley Place and the Institute of Contemporary Art,
Boston, Massachusetts

The newlyweds posed on the ICA’s waterfront terrace. / Photograph by Lisa Rigby Photography


Reena Acharya and Manish Mishra were introduced by friends over tapas. The plates were small, but the chemistry was big: They clicked immediately and made plans for their first date, a jazz concert at the Charles Hotel.

One weekend, Manish—who dabbles in art—took Reena to a restaurant where he claimed a respected artist had offered to evaluate his work over dinner. Instead, he presented her with an engraved book of paintings, which captured their dates. “I thought, ‘This is going to be really awkward for the artist,’” Reena says, laughing. As he flipped the pages, she grew more excited with each illustration. On the last page, Reena found a cushion-cut diamond from Tiffany—a happy ending indeed.

Manish brought that same ingenuity to the couple’s wedding, which incorporated elements of their shared Indian heritage. Per an old tradition, a groom travels to the bride’s village by horse or elephant and doesn’t see her until the wedding, Reena explains. Instead, Manish arrived for the ceremony at the Westin Copley Place carrying a small wooden horse as a prop, while Reena donned a customary white-and-red lehenga purchased by her mother in Mumbai. Afterward, the pair hosted a waterfront reception at the Institute of Contemporary Art, filled with roses, dahlias, lisianthus, hydrangea, and other seasonal blooms arranged by floral designer Orly Khon. “Orly did some muted colors, like whites and blushes, and then weaved in some darker maroons and added lots of green. It was stunning,” Reena says. “The first time I teared up was when I saw that room.”


Photograph by Lisa Rigby Photography

As part of the Hindu ceremony, friends and family offered blessings by showering the couple with rice.

Photograph by Lisa Rigby Photography

Florist Orly Khon created a chandelier with gold manzanita branches and hanging florals for the reception.

Photograph by Lisa Rigby Photography

Red flowers on the couple’s wedding cake, adorned with sequins, matched the table linens.

Photograph by Lisa Rigby Photography

The couple requested a neutral palette for the florals, selected to match Reena’s BHLDN reception dress.

Photograph by Lisa Rigby Photography

To avoid competition with the large chandelier overhead, Khon created subtle centerpieces for the dinner tables.

Photograph by Lisa Rigby Photography

Reena and Manish snapped photos in traditional ceremony garb at the Boston Public Library courtyard before changing into party clothes. “We snuck in,” Reena says, with a laugh.

Photograph by Lisa Rigby Photography

Flower arrangements included roses, dahlias, lisianthus, and hydrangea.


Bride’s Reception Dress BHLDN
Cake Cakes to Remember
Dhol Drummer Rishi Bawa, Silk Events
DJ Mario, Every Second Counts
Flowers Orly Khon Floral
Groom’s Tux Ted Baker, Nordstrom
Hair and Makeup Manda Carco
Planner Stone Event Planning
Reception Caterers Ula’s Snack Shop; Wolfgang Puck
Rentals Be Our Guest
Transportation Local Motion of Boston
Videographer LoveLocked Films

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